What there is to know
- June 11 and 12, 2022
- Monterey County Expo and Event Center
- Food stalls, shows, food competitions, cooking demonstrations
HOT START OF FEBRUARY? This means that there will be a plethora of hearts, so many hearts, heaps of hearts in just about every direction you turn, thanks to the proximity of Valentine’s Day. There will be heart-shaped candy, pizza that cradle a distinct heart shape, and heart-themed gifts, from stuffed animals to greeting cards, taking up an entire aisle, or two, of your local grocery store. But there is a California icon at the heart of much concern at the start of the second month, for the artichoke feast, a Central Coast delicacy, is only a few months away. And the weekend-long culinary celebration will return, in all its leafy, ravishing glory, the…
JUNE 11 AND 12, 2022: Artichoke enthusiasts know that while tasty thistle is synonymous with Castroville, the delicious things to do happen at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center (just steps from the Artichoke Capital of the World, when think about it). Culinary demonstrations are a major feature, which is a fabulous thing, especially if you’re the kind of person who never drops the globular goodie into a pot of boiling water, disregarding the possibilities that grilling or baking might offer steam. Places of purchase artichokes There are plenty to eat on site, meaning you can dine on fried baby artichokes, a favorite among the chokie community.
OTHER WEEKEND ACTIVITIES… are as plentiful as the condiments that come with the artichoke, including a 5K run and wine tasting. And stock up on articles that tell the world, or at least everyone you meet, that artichoke is your ultimate appetizer? The green scene is mondo, with hats, t-shirts, and other wearables/consumables for sale. It all happens on the penultimate weekend of spring, a season that feels like it should almost have the artichoke as its symbol of delicious, ultra-leafy heart. After all, if you let an artichoke grow, grow, and grow, it should eventually produce a large, spectacular flower, making it a true spring star.